Department of Political Science


International Political Economy

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Course Tutor

Dr Michael Plouffe (Department of Political Science)
Dr Lauge Poulsen (Department of Political Science)


One 3,000 word policy brief

Credit Value


About this course

This course introduces students to the study of international political economy (IPE). In this class students will be introduced to the principal perspectives on several of the key issues and topics in IPE, including international trade, investment, and development. We will discuss and critically assess critically recent theories and evidence on which political and economic forces enable and constrain global economic relations. Additionally, students will be able to answer several questions:

  • How well do IPE theories explain observable patterns in the global economy?
  • What are the limits of the current IPE research?
  • Which areas require further investigation?

There are no prerequisites for this class. PUBL0004 is designed as an introductory class and no prior knowledge of political science or economics is required. Students possessing a background in economics may wish to take PUBL0060.